Where is water and road?

The residents of Cottondale near Acornhoek went on a protest. This time they say they have had it with empty promises made with regards to the construction of tar a new road and getting water.

The residents claim that the mayor came to introduce the contractor for the road. But since then, construction has not started; it has been months now.

“The mayor came and introduced a new contractor for the road, but ever since that day nothing has happened. We want to know, where the tar road is”, one angry community member said.

The protesters accused the Executive Mayor of Bushbuckridge Cllr Sylvia Nxumalo of misleading the public for votes.


Residents threatened not to go vote next week if the situation still remains the same. The members of the community also said that they have been patient for some time now with regards to water issues that Bushbuckridge is faced with.

“We have been patient for some time now we have been without water for some time now. It’s time we take action to this matter. We are tired of hiring cars to fetch water for us because we don’t have money anymore. How can we go vote without bathing, where will our cars be driven when going to voting station stations with the condition of the roads like this.”

Classes we disturbed on Thursday the 2nd of May at Phendulani High School, pupils had to be sent back home because there were no teachers at school since the road was barricaded.

When speaking to Bushbuckridge News, Cottondale ward 20 councillor Samson Makhubela said “I went to the community to speak with the protestors and two engines will be fixed by the end of this week to provide water for them”.

During the president’s visit in Acornhoek last week, when asked about the construction of the road, the Mayor responded by saying “We will never mislead the community for votes, tar road will be made from Acornhoek to Hluvukani the community must be patient with the contractor and us as municipality we will deliver to our people as promised”.

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